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AT Alumni Newsletter ■ AT Alumni Newsletter – June 2015
ATSU Athletic Training Department - Alumni Newsletter - June 2015
ATSU Athletic Training Department Alumni Newsletter
Director's Column

Director’s Column

TAMARA C. VALOVICH MCLEOD, PHD, ATC. FNATA Athletic Training Program Director On behalf of all of the AT faculty, I hope this annual newsletter finds you doing well. This has been a year of big […]

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ATSU Events

Annual High School Workshop

To celebrate National Athletic Training month in March, the Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA) welcomed nearly 80 high school students, teachers, and chaperones from around the valley to the annual Athletic Training High School Workshop. […]

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Mesa Parks

As a Youth Sports initiative, the City of Mesa Parks and Recreation founded the Positive Play Project. This initiative began in the fall of 2013, and was the start of a collaborative effort to encourage […]

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Free Community Health and Wellness Day

On Saturday April 18th, students and faculty from across ATSU, including the Athletic Training Department, participated in the annual A.T. Still University Free Community Health and Wellness Day. This year the event was held in […]

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Falls Prevention

A.T. Still University’s Still Standing Fall Prevention Outreach is a community health education program designed to teach the elderly falls prevention and address the fear of falling. “A Matter of Balance” is an eight-week program […]

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Professional Presentations & Scholarly Activities

Jessica Markbreiter: Dwarfism Awareness Presentation

This was the second year that Athletic Training student, Jessica Markbreiter, presented on the topic of Dwarfism Awareness to the faculty and students at ATSU. During both presentations she was able to educate others on […]

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ATSU Research Week

This spring, ATSU hosted the Mesa IRC Research Symposium. Throughout the week, the faculty presented their research to interested staff and students. Dr. McLeod presented her study on “The Barrow Concussion Network: Collaborating to Make […]

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Student Publications

With the guidance from the AT program faculty, several students submitted works for publication this year. Below is a list of publications that have been published or are in review. Dunn KL, Lam KC, Valovich […]

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ATSU at 2015 RMATA and NATA Symposium

Arika Cozzi, AT Class of 2015
NATA Presentation

Presentation Type: Rapid Fire Poster Presentation
Context: While athletic trainers (AT) are often responsible for concussion management within a secondary school, they work closely with their team physician (TP) as well as community-based physicians (non-TP) who manage the concussion outside of the school setting. A physician’s knowledge and familiarity of concussion management is important for proper communication with the AT, yet little is known about the current concussion management and referral patterns of physicians associated with secondary schools.
Cozzi AL, Welch CE, Williams RM, Weber ML, Bujold E, Valovich McLeod TC. Physicians’ Concussion Management and Referral Patterns For Adolescent Athletes Following Sport-Related Concussion. Poster presented at: National Athletic Trainers’ Association. 66th Annual Clinical Symposia; 2015 June 23-26; St. Louis, MO
Also presented at RMATA

Kristina Dunn, AT Class of 2015
RMATA Presentation

Presentation Type: Free Communications Poster Presentation
Context: The assessment of postural control in an athlete with a sport-related concussion has become a common practice among clinicians. Technological advancements are allowing postural control testing to take place almost anywhere. Mobile applications are providing a cost effective and convenient approach to measuring postural control. However, there is a need for reliability measurements to be established in order to interpret the findings of serial concussion evaluations.
Dunn KL, Bay RC, Cardenas J, Anastasi M, Valovich McLeod TC. The Reliability of the Sway Balance Application Across Age Groups. Poster presented at: Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Clinical Symposia; 2015 April 9-12; Mesa, AZ.

Melissa Kay, AT Class of 2015
NATA Presentation

Presentation Type: Rapid Fire Poster Presentation
Context: Athletic trainers (ATs) play a vital role in concussion management for student-athletes following a sport-related concussion, yet little is known about their actual involvement in the implementation of academic accommodations (AA) as part of the concussion management plan. To date, little research has been done to evaluate the process of initiating AA, along with the roles and responsibilities of each member of the concussion management team. Objective: To qualitatively investigate ATs’ perceived roles and responsibilities throughout the implementation of AA.
Citation: Kay MC, Valovich McLeod TC, Erickson CD, Sleight AJ, Welch CE. Athletic Trainers’ Perceptions of Their Role and Responsibilities Regarding Academic Accommodations as Part of the Concussion Management Process in the Secondary School Setting. Accepted for presentation at the 2015 NATA Clinical Symposium in St. Louis, MO.
Also presented at RMATA

Lisa Stobierski, AT Class of 2015
NATA Presentation

Presentation Type: Master’s Oral Award Finalist
Context: Mobile applications have improved the ability to assess balance in a cost effective and convenient manner. Serial assessments of balance require an understanding of learning effects, noted with other balance assessments. Gender differences have also been noted in other assessments.
Stobierski LM, Bay RC, Cardenas J, Anastasi M, Valovich McLeod TC. Sex differences and practice effects in balance using the Sway Balance™ application in secondary school athletes. Oral presented at: National Athletic Trainers’ Association. 66th Annual Clinical Symposia; 2015 June 23-26; St. Louis, MO.
Also presented at RMATA

Gary Cohen, AT Class of 2016
Presentation Type: Thematic Poster Presentation
Context: The purpose of the study was to investigate athletic trainers’ self-perceived satisfaction with concussion management policies and procedures in the secondary school settings and they were satisfied with their access to concussion management resources. Athletic trainers are highly satisfied with their concussion management plans. However, athletic trainers voiced their concerns regarding concussion education inside and outside the medical community. Despite athletic trainers’ satisfaction, there is a need for continual improvement of current practices.
Citation: Cohen G, Welch CE, Kay, Tierney, Valovich McLeod TC. Athletic Trainers’ Self-Perceived Satisfaction of Current Concussion Management Practices in the Secondary School Setting.

Casey Erikson, AT Class of 2016
NATA Presentation

Presentation Type: Thematic Poster Presentation
Context: Academic accommodations (AA) are often an essential component of recovery for student-athletes following a sport-related concussion. There are numerous aspects to consider when implementing AA, including an established academic management team and the implementation of a return-to-learn progression, yet little is known regarding athletic trainers’ (AT) perceptions of the current AA procedures in the secondary school setting
Erickson CD, Valovich McLeod TC, Kay MC, Sleight AJ, Welch CE. Athletic Trainers’ Perceptions of the Academic Accommodations Procedures for Student-Athletes Following A Sport-Related Concussion in the Secondary School Setting. Poster presented at: National Athletic Trainers’ Association. 66th Annual Clinical Symposia; 2015 June 23-26; St. Louis, MO
Also presented at RMATA

Alyssa Sleight, AT Class of 2016
NATA Presentation

Presentation Type: Thematic Poster Presentation
Context: The importance of implementing cognitive rest and academic accommodations as part of the concussion management process for student-athletes following a sport-related concussion in the secondary school setting has gained significant attention. While athletic trainers (AT) may be involved in the implementation of academic accommodations, little is known regarding the challenges they may encounter within the secondary school setting.
Also presented at RMATA
Sleight AJ, Valovich McLeod TC, Kay MC, Erickson CD, Welch CE. Athletic Trainers’ Perceived Challenges Toward the Implementation of Academic Accommodations for Student-Athletes Following a Sport-Related Concussion in the Secondary School Setting. Poster presented at: National Athletic Trainers’ Association. 66th Annual Clinical Symposia; 2015 June 23-26; St. Louis, MO
Also presented at RMATA

Dayna Tierney, AT Class of 2016
NATA Presentation

Presentation Type: Thematic Poster Presentation
Context: The continued focus on sport-related concussion in both the popular press and medical literature requires all individuals involved with secondary school sports to continually review and revise concussion management plans. However, while the intent is to have all schools follow state laws, district policies, and best practices, individual school demographics, including the number of athletic trainers (AT) on staff, the number of athletes, and the facility size may limit aspects of the concussion management plan. While recent surveys have identified what ATs use for concussion management, limited information is available to understand ATs’ perceived challenges regarding the implementation of these plans.
Tierney DK, Welch CE, Kay MC, Cohen GW, Valovich McLeod TC. Athletic Trainers’ Perceived Challenges Toward Concussion Management in the Secondary School Setting. Poster presented at: National Athletic Trainers’ Association. 66th Annual Clinical Symposia; 2015 June 23-26; St. Louis, MO
Also presented at RMATA

Sports Medicine Club Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Sports Medicine Club, the Athletic Training Student Association created a campus-wide lecture series covering various topics in sports medicine. There were a total of five lectures, aimed at disseminating information to […]

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Thank You
On behalf of the Athletic Training Program, we would like to thank Barton Anderson MS, AT, ATC for his dedicated efforts in guiding and overseeing the Athletic Training Students Association for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Additional thanks goes to the executive officers of the ATSA for their leadership. In additional to being the face of the association, officers supervised committee efforts to ensure an effective operation.
ATSU Alumni Info
Second Year Profiles

Name: Arika Cozzi
Hometown: Roselle, IL
Graduate Assistantship: Brophy College Preparatory
Future plans: Returning to my hometown to work as an outreach athletic trainer or accepting a position at a private high school in California. I plan on enrolling in the ATSU DAT program.
What you will miss most: Having access to expert faculty. I will miss my clinical site and working with my co-workers and student-athletes.

Name: Kristina Dunn
Hometown: Trafalgar, IN
Graduate Assistantship: Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Research Assistant
Future plans: Find an athletic training job at a Division III or NAIA school in the Midwest.
Your favorite memory: Traveling with my teams all over Arizona.

Name: Shirleeah Fayson
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Graduate Assistantship: Xavier College Preparatory
Future plans: To acquire a job working with the military population.
What you will miss most: I will miss my clinical site. I had an awesome preceptor, exceptional support staff, and great student-athletes.

Name: Josie Harding
Hometown: Cheyenne, WY
Graduate Assistantship: Fountain Hills High School
Future plans: Continue to get clinical experience focusing on youth development and prevention while staying involved in research and eventually pursuing a PhD or DAT program.
Your favorite memory: The relationships I developed with the professors.

Name: Melissa Kay
Hometown: Smithfield, NC
Graduate Assistantship: Arizona Christian University
Future plans: Getting a PhD in Human Movement Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and work as a research team member in the Matthew Gfeller Traumatic Brain Injury Center.
What you will miss most: The relationships with faculty members and relationships that have been established during the past two years.

Name: Jessica Markbreiter
Hometown: Coppell, TX
Graduate Assistantship: Phoenix College
Future plans: Currently applying for jobs.
What you will miss most: I will miss my grad school cohort and the memories that we have shared the past two years such as hiking, tubing down the Salt River, and class dinners at local Arizona restaurants.

Name: Bronson Sagon
Hometown: Mililani, HI
Graduate Assistantship: N/A
Future plans: Continue to work in the Division I setting and attend massage therapy school.
What you will miss most: I am going to miss my classmates, the faculty and staff, and being surrounded by the amazing environment that they have all created.

Name: Lisa Stobierski
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Graduate Assistantship: Chandler Preparatory Academy
Future plans: Pursue the DAT at ATSU.
What you will miss most: The students at my high school.

Awards

The 2015 Dwight Patterson Youth Sports Scholarship candidate from A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Athletic Training (AT) program has been awarded to second-year athletic training student, Josie Harding. Harding was selected by the award committee because […]

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Second-year A.T. Still University Athletic Training student, Jessica Markbreiter, AT, ATC, has been selected as the 2014 Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias Scholarship recipient. The award, which is facilitated in partnership through Little People of […]

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Congratulations to Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, ’97, FNATA, professor and chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) who has been awarded the ATSU-ASHS Alumni Chapter Board Living […]

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2015 Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia Free Communications Program – 1st place Peer-Reviewed Track award winner Reasons for and Mechanics of Documenting Patient Care Among Athletic Trainers: A Report from […]

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Congratulations to Lisa Stobierski (’15), who will receive the Lindsay McLean Scholarship to support her DAT studies and to Richelle Mayfield Williams (’13) who will receive the Norm Mackie Memorial Scholarship for her doctoral studies […]

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Congratulations to Lisa Stobierski (’15) and Lindsey Shepard (’13 and current DAT student) whose NATA abstracts were selected as Master’s finalists. Lisa submitted her abstract: Athletic Training Services Provided During Daily Patient Encounters in the […]

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Congratulations to Alison Snyder Valier, PhD, ATC who has been named a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Dr. Valier serves as an associate professor of interdisciplinary health sciences, director, Center for Clinical […]

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